NY Winery Of The Month
Bet The Farm Winery
The Bet The Farm Winery story began in 2006 with Nancy Tisch's vision of filling a storefront in the lakeside village of Aurora on the east side of Cayuga Lake with their own wines. The name "Bet The Farm" was born from a conversation in one of those moments when Nancy had cold feet about entering the wine business, and her husband and partner Kit Kalfs (a veteran in the wine industry) assured her with the words, “Don’t worry, I’ll help you. You can bet the farm on it.”
Their wine making adventure began with the help of winemaker Lou Damiani who acted as a mentor and friend in early 2006 when Kit requested he teach them the art & science of wine making. Lou agreed along with his winery partner, Phil Davis, a heralded grape grower on Seneca Lake.
In the beginning Bet The Farm housed their winery production at Damiani Cellars in Hector. According to Kit, in many ways, their wine production is still guided by the combined expertise and passion of Lou and Phil.
After five years Kit and Nancy switched production facilities, from Damiani Wine Cellars in Hector to Sunrise Hill Vineyard in Interlaken. A move became necessary when the simultaneous growth of Damiani and Bet the Farm's wine making operations meant the facility was no longer big enough for the both of them. Then in October of 2018 they constructed their own winery & Tasting room near Trumansburg N.Y.
Each year their production has grown and each year they continue to sell out of their wines. They've done well in state and international competitions. Their Traminette has been a standard bearer. The 2009 was judged Best in Class at the NY Wine & Food Classic and the 2012 vintage was named Best Finger Lakes White Wine at the Finger Lakes Foodie Awards. They are also well known for their unique Twice Noir blend, sparkling Brut Gamay and a frizzante secco Cayuga White. They are pleased with the reception their 2016 & 2017 Dornfelder has received from visitors, retailers and restaurants alike. In 2019, they will bottle their first Zweigelt, an Austrian variety with much promise.